20 June 2016
The Pentagon wants more people to hack its websites and networks and is ready to pay them for it without any repercussion.
The idea came following the success of the Hack the Pentagon programme held between April 18 and May 12, 2016; the programme doled out over $70,000 in rewards.
The Hack the Pentagon programme was like Facebook’s, Twitter’s and Google’s bug bounty projects. The programme got white hackers for the vulnerabilities they discovered on the department’s websites.
The programme only covered five public-facing online properties though: efense.gov, dodlive.mil, dvidshub.net, myafn.net and dimoc.mil.
The Department of Defense (DoD) believes that the concept will also “be successful when applied to many or all of DoD’s other security challenges.”
Hence, starting this month, the department will employ hackers to report the flaws they find not only on DoD’s websites, but also its systems, networks and applications without fear of repercussion.
Author: Ekpeki Donald Pen Prince
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